Residency Program

The two-year pediatric dentistry residency program, started after graduation from dental school, immerses dentists in scientific study and clinical experience. The trainee learns advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures, along with child psychology and clinical management, oral pathology, child-related pharmacology, radiology, child development, management of oral/facial trauma, care for patients with special needs, conscious sedation and general anesthesia.

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Hennepin County Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center
715 S 8th Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404
Phone: 612-873-6275
Fax: 612-904-4234

Program Length and Number of Positions

24 months
2 positions

Program Type



Applicants are accepted through the Postdoctoral Applicant Support Service (PASS). The application deadline is October 1st. Applicants must be registered with the National Matching Service. Correspondence regarding the application and admission process should be directed to Shanika James, Residency Program Coordinator:


HCMC's diverse residency programs emphasize clinical skills in a collaborative environment where education takes top priority. Our residents take a hands-on role, developing exceptional skills, learning the latest technology and procedures from dedicated faculty, and working directly with a diverse patient population in one of the region's largest and busiest healthcare systems.

The 2-year hospital based Pediatric Dentistry Residency program combines clinical training and case based learning with a well-rounded evidence based didactic curriculum. The faculty includes board certified dental and medical specialists from Hennepin County Medical Center, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare and the University of Minnesota. The program is dedicated to the preparation of board-certified pediatric dentists who will serve children and families in their communities using patient-centered care and will be effective leaders and dentists at local, regional and national levels. The experience at Hennepin County Medical Center is unique as it is the region's primary provider for urban and underserved individuals, giving residents the experience treating patients from a variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, with both routine and serious conditions. Serving this diverse population allows residents to grow in confidence and compassion, enabling them to become champions for community health. With 15 residency and fellowship programs, the HCMC system is a collegial, academic environment focused on teaching and quality care. Residents practice as a part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.


The curriculum is designed to meet and exceed the educational requirements set forth in the CODA standards for the Advanced Specialty Education Program. Residents participate in seminars, lectures, and clinic in preparation for program completion and preparation for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry's board exam. A research requirement must be fulfilled.

Program Stipend and Tuition

First year: $54,165
Second year: $56,503
Medical & Dental Insurance
Life Insurance
Malpractice coverage


Hennepin County Medical Center - Level 1 Trauma Center
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have:
DDS or DMD from a CODA-accredited Dental School, with graduation prior to residency start date.
U.S. or Canadian Citizenship.
1. Dean's Letter
2. Personal Interview
3. Complete ADEA/PASS application
4. Eligible to obtain a dentist or resident dental license with the
Minnesota Board of Dentistry before start of program
5. 2x2 passport size photo

Program Strengths

- Outstanding environment with established dental clinic
- Large patient population, including special needs children with
medical, physical or emotional illnesses; large number of very
young children with significant dental disease
- Extensive experiences in treating patients using nitrous oxide,
moderate sedation and general anesthesia
- Large number of trauma and emergency patients
- Commitment to diversity and patient-centered care
- Team oriented approach

Program Faculty

Full Time Faculty:
Andrea M Leyland,DDS, Director of Residency, Pediatric Dentistry*
Elisabeth Fulling, DDS, Pediatric Dentist *
Melanie Yuen, DMD, Pediatric Dentist *

Part Time & Adjunct Faculty
Lindsay Bedeaux, Pediatric Dentistry
Nathaniel Cook, Pediatric Dentistry
Matt Husman, Pediatric Dentistry
Patricia Tarren, Pediatric Dentistry
Vladimir Leon-Salazar, DDS,MSD, Orthodontics
Angela Wandera, DDS, Pediatric Dentistry* & Orthodontics*
Roger Ettel, DDS, Periodontics
Erin L Gunselman, DDS, General & Special Needs Dentistry
Dennis Haley, DDS, TMD Craniofacial Pain & Sleep Medicine
Anne Kent, DDS General & Special Needs Dentistry
Mary Seieroe, DDS General & Special Needs Dentistry
Cynthia Strand, DDS General & Special Needs Dentistry
Cale Strait, DDS, Endodontics
Lance Svoboda, DDS, Oral Surgery*
Louis Christensen, DDS Oral Surgery*
Marcus Urza, DDS Oral Surgery

* Board Certified

School Profile

Program Type: Hospital-based
Program Director: Full-Time
Board Certified
Program Faculty: 3 Full-Time
6 Part-Time
6 Board Certified
Program Length: 24 Total Months
July 1- (Required Orientation will start Mid-June) Start Date
Program Accreditation: Initial Accreditation
State Licensure: Restricted License Available
Number of Entering Positions: 2
Tuition In-State:
Tuition Out-Of-State:
Salary/Stipend: $54,165 First Year
$56,503 Second Year
Application: None Fee
October 1 Deadline
Participant in National
Matching Service:
Participant in PASS: Yes
Only US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
US citizens from foreign dental
schools considered:
Non-US citizens from ADA
accredited dental schools
Non-US citizens from foreign
dental schools considered:
Acceptance Applicant Ratio: 1:25
Clinic Experience: Orthodontics
Conscious Sedation
Hospital Rotations
General Anesthesia
Emergency Call
Operating Room
Oral Surgery
Infant Oral Health
Medically Compromised
Mentally Disabled
Craniofacial Disorders
Physically Disabled
Community Clinics
Public Health
Minimal and Moderate Sedations
Special Health Care Needs
Behavior Guidance
Didactic Experience: Seminars
Literature Review
Case Conferences
Research Requirement: Data Collection Project
Teaching Experience: One week - half days Clinic Half-Days
Facilities: 7 Chair/Operatories
4 Clinic Receptionist
7 Dental Assistants
1 Dental Hygienists